To ask the Minister for Transport if his attention has been drawn to the problems being experienced by local authorities regarding the implementation of a directive from the Health and Safety Authority which states that local councils can no longer deal with areas of concern on main roads throughout the State, and that any requests for remedial work must be processed through the office of the National Road Design; and his views on whether there is a huge backlog in National Road Design offices, resulting in delays of several months before requests can even be processed and whether there are not enough staff to cater with this new demand, resulting in longer delays for many jobs that local authorities would have previously undertaken without undue hesitancy.
- Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin.
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 11th December, 2007.
Ref No: 33493/07
Answered by the Minister for Transport
(Noel Dempsey TD)
As Minister for Transport I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme element of Transport 21. The implementation of individual national road projects including their design, is a matter for the National Roads Authority under the Roads Act, 1993 in conjunction with the relevant local authorities concerned.